For many of us, finding the time to write can be problem. There are so many things that seem to get in the way what with work, family, household chores, TV, social media etc.. But are all of these distractions really just a way of avoiding getting down to writing?
If you are a new or inexperienced writer you probably have some doubts about your ability and so keeping yourself busy means you don’t have to confront your inner writing demon which feeds on your self doubt and taunts you with the fear of failure.
Give writing a go
If you really want to write don’t let any of these doubts get in the way. You will never be a writer if you don’t give it a go. As with so many worthwhile pursuits in life, writing takes determination, commitment and practice.
So how do you go about finding the time to write in your busy schedule? Well, here are a six tips which may help.
1 Less is more
You are not looking for a spare few hours. Just 15 or 20 minutes a day will get you into a writing routine which you will find much easier to maintain.
2 Pick a time of day that works for you
If you work best in the morning try getting up 15 or 30 minutes earlier before anyone else is around. If you are not a morning person look for another time in the day where you could squeeze in some writing – on the bus or train, during a lunch break, late at night when everyone else has gone to bed. Whatever time of the day or night you choose, stick to it. Make it a regular date on your calendar.
3 Don’t try to write too much
If you only wrote 175 words a day (about the length of my first three paragraph) for 5 days a week you would have 875 words by the end of the week and 43,750 words by the end of the year (assuming you worked for 50 weeks!).
4 Finding the time to write may mean being prepared to give something up
Are there times of the day when you could be more productive – for example how much time do your spend watching TV, catching up on Facebook, trawling the internet? There seems to be more scope than ever for wasting time on computers (or whatever device(s) you habitually use) and so how about cutting down on some of these time-wasting activities and use the time saved to write.
5 Talk to other writers
If you don’t know any other writers join a local writing group or join an online writing community like ours. Our forum gives you the perfect opportunity to talk to other writers and pick their brains as well as sharing your own knowledge and experience. Many other writers face exactly the same problems and time constraints as you and being able to share your fears and concerns will help you to keep going.
6 Write on the go
Just because you are doing something else doesn’t mean that your ideas and creativity stop flowing so always have a notebook on hand when you are out and about or a supply of post-it notes dotted around the house. You could also use the recording or note-writing features on your smart phone.
There are many ways of finding the time to write so be creative and above all don’t give up.